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Health Highlights: May 29, 2020

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Abortion Pill Rule Should be Suspended During...

Coronavirus Was Already Spreading in U.S. in January: Study

SATURDAY, May 30, 2020 -- More evidence has surfaced that the COVID-19 coronavirus was circulating in the United States as much as a month prior to the first...

Protect Yourself From Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer

SATURDAY, May 30, 2020 -- Headed to the beach or park for a little fresh air? Don't forget your sun protection, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)...

Globally, Women Less Likely to Develop Heart Disease Than Men

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- Women are less likely to have or die from cardiovascular disease than men, according to a study published online May 20 in The...

Metformin Recalled Due to Potential Cancer-Causing Chemical

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- A recall of the widely used diabetes drug metformin was announced by drug maker Apotex due to possible high levels of...

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of May 25 to 29,...

Placenta's Hidden Mysteries Revealed in MRI Study

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- MRI imaging has uncovered key differences in blood flow to the placenta in pregnant women who are healthy and those with...

Deferment of Elective Surgeries Due to COVID-19 Will Have Lasting Impact

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- At two years after the end of the elective orthopedic surgery deferment related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a cumulative...

VA Slashes Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- The VA health system has stopped nearly all use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert...

Very Early-Stage Breast Cancer Ups Long-Term Odds for Invasive Tumors: Study

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 -- Women with cancerous cells in their milk ducts -- also known as DCIS -- are at a high risk for developing fatal breast cancer, British...

FDA Approves New Pediatric Formulation of Sirturo (bedaquiline) as Part of Combination Therapy to Treat Children with Pulmonary Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 27, 2020 — The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug...

FDA Approves Artesunate for Injection for the Treatment of Severe Malaria

FREDERICK, Md., May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Amivas (US), LLC, specialists in treatments for rare and neglected tropical diseases, including severe malaria,...

FDA Approves VESIcare LS (solifenacin succinate) Oral Suspension for Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity (NDO) Pediatric Patients

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., "Astellas") announced today that the...

FDA Approves Dupixent (dupilumab) as First Biologic Medicine for Children Aged 6 to 11 Years with Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. and PARIS, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug...

Zealand Pharma Announces FDA acceptance of New Drug Application for the Dasiglucagon HypoPal® Rescue Pen for Treatment of Severe Hypoglycemia

Copenhagen, May 22, 2020 – Zealand Pharma A/S (“Zealand”) (NASDAQ: ZEAL), a biotechnology company changing lives with innovative...

FDA Approves Takeda’s Alunbrig (brigatinib) as a First-Line Treatment Option for Patients with ALK+ Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE) May 22, 2020 --Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that the U.S....

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Resubmits Zimhi New Drug Application to FDA

SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: ADMP) today announced the resubmission of the Company’s New Drug...

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Announces FDA Acceptance of NDA for Filing with Priority Review of Zokinvy (lonafarnib) for Treatment of Progeria and Progeroid Laminopathies

PALO ALTO, Calif. May 19, 2020 — Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:EIGR), focused on the development and commercialization of targeted therapies for...

FDA Grants Priority Review of Sutimlimab, Potential First Approved Treatment of Hemolysis in Adult Patients with Cold Agglutinin Disease

PARIS – May 14, 2020 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review of Sanofi’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for...

Rhythm Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Acceptance of New Drug Application for Setmelanotide for the Treatment of POMC and LEPR Deficiency Obesities

BOSTON, May 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: RYTM), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company aimed at developing and...

Merck to Announce Multiple Scientific Efforts to Combat COVID-19

KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) May 26, 2020 --Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, will today announce three significant...

Merck and Ridgeback Bio Collaborate to Advance Development of Novel Antiviral Candidate, EIDD-2801

KENILWORTH, N.J. & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE) May 26, 2020 --Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback...

IAVI and Merck Collaborate to Develop Vaccine Against SARS-CoV-2

KENILWORTH, N.J. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) May 26, 2020 --Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and IAVI, a nonprofit...

Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX), a late-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for...

AstraZeneca Advances Response to Global COVID-19 Challenge as it Receives First Commitments for Oxford’s Potential New Vaccine

21 May 2020 -- AstraZeneca is advancing its ongoing response to address the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, collaborating with a number of countries and...

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